A new genus of primitive Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera) from eastern Australia, with a revised diagnosis of nepticulid subfamilies

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2000
Authors:R. J. B. Hoare
Journal:Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
Date Published:2000-03
Keywords:Australia, Cunoniaceae, Elaeocarpaceae, Eucryphiaceae, Food plants, leafmining, Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae, New genus, New South Wales, New species, Pectinivalvinae, Queensland, Roscidotoga, Roscidotoga callicomae, Roscidotoga eucryphiae, Roscidotoga sapphiripes, Tasmania

Roscidotoga, a new genus of Nepticulidae, is described. Three new species-R. callicomae, R. eucryphiae and R. sapphiripes-are described, all from rainforest in eastern Australia. Adults, genitalia, larvae, pupal exuviae and mines are illustrated. The larvae are leaf-miners on the Gondwanan plant families Cunoniaceae, Eucryphiaceae and Elaeocarpaceae. The systematic position of the genus is discussed: it is assigned to the subfamily Pectinivalvinae and considered to represent the sister-group of Pectinivalva Scoble, which likewise appears to be endemic to Australia. A revised diagnosis of the two nepticulid subfamilies is presented.

Short Title:Zool. J. Linn. Soc.
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